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This is my first contest: win a $25.00 gift card to Restaurants.com.  All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me how you save money. Don't forget to include your first name and last initial, as well as your email. The winner will be announced on October 31st!
 


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Kerri L
10/20/2010 07:35

I have been using coupons, information on this website and price matching. When wer go out to dinner we order water to drink I ask for lemon and make my own lemon aid. when we go to Olive Garden we order one meal and an extra salad so we can eat for under $20 most of the time and that is with the tip.

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Liz B
10/20/2010 08:49

hey! i save money by bartering. i will trade with friends. use something of theirs, do something they need. i have done this with food too, stuff out of my garden...

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Robyn Walsworth
10/20/2010 11:45

I signed up for free for the FMG (Frequent Movie Goer) card at http://www.gqti.com/signup.aspx and I chose to get their emails. Each week I get a newsletter with a coupon for CHEAP popcorn and drinks, or you can go here to print them out http://www.gqti.com/coupon.aspx anytime. The FMG newsletter will list all the shows and those with the logo next to it you can purchase tickets at the box office for the matinee price anytime, any day.

Most of the time, I take the kids to the free movies on Saturday (Sunday also available) mornings. Go here for a list of movies and dates http://www.gqti.com/freematinee.aspx I then use my coupon for a medium popcorn and drink for $4.00 and sometimes if you show your FMG card you get another 50cents off. You get free soda refills and 50cent popcorn refills on any size. (I never need a popcorn refill on the medium.) You can get a large combo for $4.50 or a small combo for $3.50 with the coupon as well. Can't beat a movie with soda and popcorn for the family for $4-8 (if my hubby goes, we get two combos, just for ease of sharing between the 4 of us.)

Robyn W.

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Ashley M
10/21/2010 12:06

Like others, I too clip coupons and search the internet for the best deals. Whenever the hubs and I go out to dinner, which is often a rare occassion, we always go to a restaurant that we have a coupon for. My mom bought an Entertainment book and she has allowed me to take coupons from that. So- not only did I not shell out the cash for the book, but I am getting to reap the benefits of it.
I've also learned to stock up on things when they're on sale. I use to be one of those shoppers who would only buy what I needed right there and then, but I've realized that taking advantage of amazing sales on items like soda pop, water, detergent, etc really helps me to save $ in the long run. Whenever KMart is doubling coupons, I make it a family effort by giving my husband a list and coupons, and myself doing the same.
Finally, when it comes to clothes, I shop ahead. I always buy off of the sale rack, and take store coupons, too. A few months ago, Kohls had toddler summer clothes marked down up to 80% off. I was amazed how many pairs of shorts, shirts, etc I was able to grab for my son next year.

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Heather O.
10/23/2010 09:56

A couple things...first, i use the yahoo group freecycle.org. you trade things (all for free). i've found a few great things! also, i tend to buy in bulk. when things are on sale, i buy multiples of that item. there are a lot of things that are freezable. i also shop at Costco, which helps:)
-heather o.

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Valeda S.
10/24/2010 05:16

I have been a saver for lots of years....I have double couponed and stockpiled lots....I use to compare how much I spent versus how much I saved on my receipts...amazing what one can do.
Gardening saves me alot...I sold my pumpkins and made over $50...more than enough to pay for the seeds and plants used in the garden. Canning and freezing the products I raise saves $$$. I read ads and rebate items that I need and/or want. It takes time, but it is worth it. I used the Walgreens ad and coupon to get the Halls cough drop packages for $.50.
A couple of years ago, when I was tired of dragging my water bottles to Town & Country to refill for $.25, we purchased and installed a reverse osmosis system in our house and now our bottled water is free (only cost is a new filter yearly)!!

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07/30/2011 08:28

I just recently attended a faithful savings party which taught me even more about savings which I love!!!! To save money I try to have meals that are ready to go so I'm not so tempted to go out to eat. I take a day every now and then and make taco meat, sloppy joes, browned ground beef, chili, and diced chicken. I cook it and freeze it. Then the night before a busy day I take it out and put it in the refrigerator and the next morning I take the semi frozen meat and put it in the crockpot on low. By the time I get home from work it's ready to eat!

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Freedom S.
07/30/2011 11:45

My husband and I use a lot of coupons whenever we can. We also try to recycle as much as possible.

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Barbara McGowan
07/30/2011 18:01

We have a garden, so I can and freeze vegetables and fruits. That helps a lot with the cost of groceries, especially in the winter. I do some couponing, and always try to buy several of the same item if it is a good sale price. I also shop at Good Will (especially on half-price days). I have gotten a lot of new or nearly new name brand clothes at a fraction of the cost. I hardly ever use a credit card, but if I do, I pay off the balance at the end of the month to save paying interest charges.

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Jenny Hilgeman
07/30/2011 19:15

I'm a huge internet shopper. There is a coupon discount code for EVERYTHING! Searching Google for coupons has become my best friend. :) No deal, No buy.

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08/01/2011 08:12

Hi Christine! I save money by collecting all sale ads and going to Walmart to match prices, also adding coupons makes more savings! I also buy all my baby clothes in the summers at garage sales, it amazing how much cute stuff you can get for a fraction of the price!

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Cambria B
08/04/2011 07:17

I save money by couponing! I've been doing in since September 2009 and have cut our monthly grocery/eating out bill in half!! It's been great for our family and a huge savings each month. I also use coupons and sales to stock up for birthdays, Christmas, and any other special events.

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Julie Pedroza
08/04/2011 19:36

other than our cars and house we have no debt. We don't own a credit card and buy things only if we have the cash to pay for it so there is no extra money being spent in interest charges.

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09/24/2012 07:47

THX for info

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